Vokes' Baggies Assessment

Sam Vokes

SAM VOKES believes he and his Stoke City teammates must pluck out the positives from Saturday’s narrow 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion, writes Conor Shaw.

Baggies striker Dwight Gayle netted the only goal of the game at the bet365 Stadium as the promotion hopefuls left the Potteries with all three points.

City had dominated the game for long periods, particularly in the second half, but despite their best efforts, couldn’t find an elusive goal to claim something from the tight contest.

Vokes, who made his home debut during the affair, cut a frustrated figure following the loss, however insisted the side should not dwell too much on the loss and instead focus on what they did well.

“There’s lots of frustration after that. I thought we dominated the game, especially in the second half. We put a lot of pressure on them, but just couldn’t find that final ball to score,” the Welsh international told Stoke City+.

“As much as we’re disappointed with the result, we have got to take the positives. We have got a big week ahead of us now with two important games.

“In the second half, we took the game to them. If we didn’t concede that goal in the first half, I thought we could have gone on and challenged for the game. It’s another one missed, but we just need to pick ourselves up and go again on Wednesday.”

He added: “You can dominate games but today, I don’t think we tested the keeper at all so that it something that we need to work on.

“At the end of the day, goals win games so getting that right is important. The performance was there so there are positives.

“You can’t fault our hard work and effort this evening. That’s a starter for us. That needs to be our standard and then we go from there. If you’ve got them qualities, you can work around them.”

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